Hunter Laing Cragganmore Scotch 16 Year

Tad Dorda, the owner of Chopin Vodka, has been making this blend for years for his own personal enjoyment. When he introduced us to it on a cold night in Poland, we knew we had to share it with the world.

NOSE: A huge prickle precedes a perfume of grass, flowers, vanilla and a tracé of smoke.

PALATE: Sturdy and oily on the palate with quite a bit of pepper in the vanilla. The freshly cut grass is prominent, with the fresh flowers as a sidekick. Again fairly simply, but very good. Adding water keeps it oily, but a whole lot gentler

FINISH: With or without water, the finish remains long and spicy. This Cragganmore again shows that a dram doesn’t need to be overly complex to be alluring. And it’s a real swimmer, because it gracefully endures water